It was very fitting that Blake Shelton was the one to present Cassadee Pope with her 2014 CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year. “The Voice” mentor poked fun at Pope as she came to the stage to accept her Belt Buckle.
The pair shared a big hug, and then Shelton quipped into the microphone that “I’m still coaching you” as he presented her the trophy. Pope joked back, “I still need him for some stuff. I still need him around to kind of calm me down.”
But Pope seemed very calm when accepting her speech. She thanked everyone from her PR team to her family, and especially the fans. “I’m honored to be a part,” Pope says. “Thank you guys so much.”
Pope won Season 3 of “The Voice” on Dec. 18, 2012. She was the first female winner, and Shelton’s second mentee to win.